"Red Alibi" as written by and Tony/hinojos Hajjar....
In the back of my mind a voice speaks
Spells out the master plan
Now I know
She swings with the ease of a hammer

From the truth down to the past
And I know
What's right, went wrong
From when it started

To this the finish
I'll try to find
A place in your new life
To set the fire

And cover your tracks
Time will tell, the past laughs last
Syllables will try and judge you
Will pierce the anecdote

Now I know
Your plea is a case of reason
And this deletes your alibi
And I know

Once tried, left wrong
From where it started, to here the finish
I'll try to find
A place in your new life

The traps have been set
And this will change everything


Lyrics submitted by Jjlemonade

"Red Alibi" as written by Matthaeus Guenther Miller Jim Ward

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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    General CommentPlease feel free to make any corrections, it is late and i am tired.
    Jjlemonadeon August 16, 2002   Link
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    General Comment why don't they give the lyrics in the cd booklet? confused.
    my_staron August 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentErr apparently the original pressings of the album excluded these lyrics, so hang on to yours, it might be worth a bit. Later copies should include these lyrics.
    Jjlemonadeon August 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt explains it on the faq section on thier site.

    "That was, strangely enough, a mistake. This is only on the US version. It will be added to the 2nd pressing."

    The also posted the lyrics there.
    jawbreakeron September 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is my fav. Sparta song. I'm havin trouble gettin into the Mars Volta...point me in the right direction peeps. I don't hate em, just haven't had anything stick yet...like Sparta with this song and Air.
    just_good_fictionon April 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this was written when his girlfriend broke up with him due to everything that built up to that point. It sounds like he wanted to overlook things that had happened in the past, but the past came back to haunt him.

    There were only two errors I spotted in the above lyrics.
    1. From the truth down "through" the past
    2. Will pierce "this" anecdote

    Lyrics -
    In the back of my mind a voice speaks
    spells out the master plan
    now I know
    she swings with the ease of a hammer
    from the truth down through the past
    and I know

    What's right, went wrong
    from when it started
    to this the finish
    I'll try to find
    a place in your new life....
    To set the fire
    and cover your tracks
    Time will tell, the past laughs last

    syllables will try and judge you
    will pierce this anecdote
    now I know
    your plea is a case of reason
    and this deletes your alibi
    and I know

    once tried, left wrong
    from where it started, to here the finish
    I'll try to find
    a place in your new life

    The traps have been set
    and this will change everything


    Great Song!
    Dixie_Normason April 04, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is simply amazing. It's the one that got me hooked on Sparta and remains one of my favorites. Anyway, I think it's about this girl who has become a different person. "I'll try to find to find a place in your new life" may refer to him trying to be a part of this girl's new persona or whatever. And the chorus is talking about how she tries to hide who she used to be with "cover your tracks" and such. I don't know, I may be off but that's what I think. Great song. Love the part where the second guitar kicks in.
    SomeKid19on December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSomekid i believe you might be right. It seems like alot of Wiretap Scars has been written about the break-up of a girl,it must have played a big part in Jims life, but who knows we could all be wrong....only Sparta knows...Anyways this song kicks ass.
    atdi7777on January 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah these lyrics are a lot more easy to interpret than the other stuff altho these are mysterious too..def my fav sparta song. the beginning played at full blast on headphones gives me such an amazing feeling. almost reminds me of at the drive-in's pattern against user, though i can't pinpoint why.
    MykelCarlion February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is, to me, about the end of a relationship, and a man's attempt to erase a woman from his life, including his memory.

    His 'Red Alibi,' fire, is burning her out of his life, erasing her tracks..

    I also think the allusion to her as a criminal is a way of communicating how he thinks she has done wrongs to him.
    brian_bon February 08, 2006   Link

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